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Along Route 1 South in Danvers Peabody Saugus--anything?

I am looking for a decent dinner place after our drive home from Maine. Anything edible on this stretch? Ideally would like some heathy fresh stuff...well cooked anything would help. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I stopped at Pho 888 on Rt 1 South in Peabody on my drive back from Maine and quite liked it.

    1. sake on route 1 in saugus for sushi and japanese food

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      1. re: galangatron

        I just tried Sake and was really disappointed. The ankimo was half frozen inside (I wouldn't have ordered if I'd known it was frozen) and the toro was the worst sushi I've ever had,and especially for the high price point. It was stringy and chewy inside with a weirdly mushy outside. I was with a group of people and we ordered a bunch of rolls... almost all of them had tempura inside and that wasn't reflected at all in the description. There was one, a Saugus Roll, I think, that was pretty good, but the rest was bad enough that I wouldn't be back here any time soon.

        1. re: Chris VR

          that's too bad

          i never order the sushi at sake so i can't comment on it. i stick to the appetizers (tataki, ahiru, negima) and lunch specials (tempura, katsu, curry rice)

          1. re: galangatron

            This is my go to place for Hamachi Kama. The best I have found around the North Shore. Usually get a pretty good sized piece and it comes with a bowl of white rice and a salad with ponzu dressing. The Saugus roll is very good too. The few nigiri I have ordered were good too. But the Hamachi Kama can't be beat.

            Too bad you had a bad experience Chris. Give them a second chance. Maybe they were having an "off" night.

            1. re: hhookk

              Yeah... it's be hard for me to do that. There was no excuse for serving such crappy toro and ankimo. The waitress suggested the toro and the ankimo was listed on the specials board up front. Don't sell it if it shouldn't be sold!

              Have you tried the Hamachi Kama at Sato in Stoneham? That's the only place I've had it around here and it was really good.

              1. re: Chris VR

                Thanks for the tip. I'll try it soon. I'm always looking for new place to try it.

        2. re: galangatron

          Sake is very good, though it looks pretty run down from the outside.
          FWIW - it is on the northbound side, so you'd have to turn around.

        3. I haven't been, but I consistently hear good things about Angela's Coal Fired Pizza.


          Angela's Coal Fired Pizza
          890 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906

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          1. re: Northshoregirl

            I like Angela's a lot, good pizza and the wings are exceptional but for the OP it's on the Northbound side

          2. I'll 2nd the suggestion for Pho 888 for Vietnamese. If you'd like Italian you could try Calitri's (http://www.calitris.com/) or Ponte Vecchio's (you'll have to double-back up Rt 1 off of 95, but that's only a < 5 min detour.)

            Ponte Vecchio Restaurant
            435 Newbury St, Danvers, MA 01923

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            1. re: agentphunk

              triple threat ! Pho 888 is very very good on the SOUTHBOUND side. The is a sushi joint next door which I have yet to try.

              1. re: ipsofatso

                Please, it's much more fun if you get the name right. It's called "Pho Triple 888" (which is guess means Pho 888888888). Anyway, it's pretty darn good.

                1. re: emannths

                  I want to try this place, but rt. 1 is a terrible place to slow down to look per se. Is it near anything that stands out as a landmark I'd know? Thanks.

                  1. re: mcel215

                    Yes, right after the 2 ramps come together (Route 1 and the onramp from 95 south), you'll see Budget Pools, then a Gas station, then the shopping plaza where Union Jack is. I believe that plaze parking lot and Pho 888's connect, or you can just pull in at the next entrance. Pho 888 is set back a bit from that first shopping plaza.

            2. The Mt. Vernon in the same strip mall as the Christmas tree does twin lobster for $18. Sides are extra, but still not bad price. Don't stray from the lobsters though, the rest of the food is only so so.

              1. For chain restaurants, Carrabba's is not bad - some decent healthy options. Located in Peabody. Their minestrone is filled with big chunks of real veggies. For quick casual (another chain restaurant), Panera Bread has wholesome food - great sandwiches and excellent salads. Located in Saugus.

                1. Many of the restaurants people are recommending are in the Northbound lane of Rte. 1.
                  Calitri's, Pho 888, and Mt. Vernon are all in the Southbound lane. As is Kelly's Roast Beef. It's just in front of Panera Bread which is off the Fellsway.

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                  1. re: Gio

                    To answer the OPs question...No, pack a sandwich

                      1. re: CocoDan

                        Well, I agree with both of you but the poor fellow is driving home from Maine. He probably needs a break, donchya think? Thank goodness no one mentioned that prince of pizza, leaning tower abomination... or whatever it's called.

                        1. re: Gio

                          " Thank goodness no one mentioned that prince of pizza, leaning tower abomination... or whatever it's called."

                          OMG Gio, I know this post is old, but I almost spit out my water on my keyboard..... :)

                  2. Hooters for wings. oh wait you said healthy and fresh........ Maybe the waitresses qualify?

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                    1. re: joth68

                      Hardly...it's Saugus you're talking about.

                    2. A few off the top of my head:

                      Danvers: Supinos, Calitris, Chilis, Miyako Japanese Steak House (right behind Chilis)
                      Peabody: Pho888 and Fuji Sushi
                      Saugus: 99, Prince Pizza (despite what some snobs might think, Prince has many loyal fans) Kellys, Hooters, Square One Mall food court. Many fast food options (which I won't list since it doesn't sound like thats what you're looking for.


                      Supino's Restaurant
                      250 Newbury St, Danvers, MA 01923

                      Fuji Sushi
                      136 Newbury St Ste 6, Peabody, MA 01960

                      1. Buffalo Wild Wings and Five Guys Burgers will be opening soon in the Verizon plaza, (formerly where Newbury Comics and Hollywood Video were)

                        Five Guys Burgers
                        269 Patriot Pl, Foxboro, MA 02035

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                        1. re: Elvis74

                          Hop off and go to 466 in Danvers. Right at the start of old route 1. Definitely not gourmet, but not a bad selection and everything is pretty good. You can even sit in the bar area if so inclined since
                          the restaurant area is close quarters.